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KEYS 4 DEAF ACCESS is a collaboration of Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center, Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center, and the Cleveland Division of Police. We are committed to working together to identify, develop, and implement needed changes that will result in victims/survivors of domestic violence who are D/deaf or hard of hearing having full access to quality services.

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior used to establish power and control over another person through fear and intimidation. It occurs within intimate relationships, and abusers can be spouses, partners, boyfriend/girlfriends, family members, or caregivers.

Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats that influence another person.

For more information about domestic violence, please watch this VIDEO, available in ASL and captioned: WHAT IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Domestic Violence is a Crime

There are services available to help you if you are a victim of abuse. This includes the court system and services provided by DVCAC.

For more information about domestic violence and the law, please watch this VIDEO, available in ASL and captioned: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE & THE LAW

Do You Need Help?

If you are a victim or survivor of domestic violence who is D/deaf or hard of hearing, you might feel cut off. You may ask: Where can I go? Who can help me? Can I request an interpreter?

We at DVCAC are here to help. Interpreting services and other assistive devices are available to you upon request. Contact Carrie Joseph at .

For more information about the services available to you through DVCAC please watch this VIDEO, available in ASL and captioned: DVCAC SERVICES

Healthy Relationships

Everyone has the right to a healthy relationship. A healthy relationship should make you feel safe, happy and good about yourself. Do you want more information about healthy relationships? Please watch this VIDEO, available in ASL and captioned: SAFE & HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS

Contact Carrie Joseph at .

You can help stop domestic violence and child abuse.


DVCAC reaches over 37,000 men, women and children each year in the Cleveland area

We could not do it without support from the community. Help us help others.